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Case of the Frightened Lady


Published 1940


A mystery from England.


Run time 80 minutes 12 seconds
Production Company George King Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

Reviews

Reviewer: classicsGma - - March 24, 2015
Subject: Dialogue But No Film...
Disppointing to say the least.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - June 2, 2011
Subject: Country Ways
Now here's a house of mystery. A large, ancient English estate ruled over by a matriarch worried about the continuation of the family line. An interesting family line, that. There're secrets, ominous manservants, a door always kept locked. A murder occurs, and Scotland Yard responds. I had the murderer pegged before there was a second one. The mystery wasn't a hard one to figure out, but the solving of it was fun.

This is a well crafted murder mystery all around. Good character actors, some I recognize, but much younger, give fine performances. Pacing is even. The music works with the suspense. Intrigue starts right in the first scene, but felt contrived. There's just the right amount of comic relief. Important clues come out of earshot of the detectives.

I downloaded the 502MB AVI file. Video quality was very good if a little faded. Volume dipped a couple of times. Some actors spoke softly or quickly, so I kept the volume up.
Reviewer: surfvh - - March 25, 2011
Subject: A very British murder mystery
Reminds me of '39 steps' for some reason, though I don't know why. Good actors, solid dialog, rather neat plot twists, and some nifty spooky stuff. A rather fun movie, in a gruesome sort of way. I rather enjoyed it. Possibly you will too, if you like that sort of thing.
Reviewer: PurpleTurtle - - March 2, 2011
Subject: Case of the Frightened Lady
Some Hitchcock, some Laurel and Hardy, some German Gothic imagery. This is an excellent mystery, with culpability revolving from one person to another. Suspects seem plausible, for a time, but who has enmity enough to have killed all of them? The guilty one becomes recognizable before the final scene. Yet it is believable and satisfying for the most part. The murderer is a little too over the top at the conclusion, but a really decent film of the sort
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - - June 24, 2010
Subject: Edgar Wallace again
Wonderful film, a typical Edgar-Wallace-plot as far as I know. British aristocracy with a secret. Well acted and well written.

A small part as a jealous husband is played by Torin Thatcher, whom I foremost remember as magician Sokura in "The 7th Voage of Sinbad" and as Humble Bellows in "The Crimson Pirate".

Again I can compare this one to remembrances of my youth: The german movie "Das indische Tuch" (The indian Scarf) from 1963 has as basis the same Edgar Wallace story. I like both movies very much. Some plot details are different in the german one. Klaus Kinski, who later would be of international fame, had a small part in it (no, he is not the killer)
Reviewer: picfixer - - June 15, 2010
Subject: Well, we know the chauffeur didn't do it.
All is not well in young Lord Lebanon's stately mansion, what with his austere mother's constant nagging and his chauffeur being murdered. Yep, it's another Edgar Wallace thriller, and a pretty good one at that with more corpses on the way. This is a mystery within a mystery with plenty of clues scattered about for who-done-it fans. A good screenplay, good cast, good direction and good production values make this one, well…er, good. A little short on atmospherics, nevertheless entertaining and engaging, if not quite to the levels of British murder mysteries like "Green for Danger." A worthwhile download. The print is in reasonably good shape. FOOTNOTE: It's amazing the Brits turned out films like this during 1940, the year of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the devastating opening of the blitz.
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